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PDVSA's Oil Exports to Asia, Americas Fell in 2014

Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA's exports to Asia and the Americas fell last year though shipments to Europe increased, according to a preliminary government report issued this month.   The OPEC country's Oil Ministry did not explain the overall drop in exports in its report to Parliament, though ebbing oil output at mature fields and refinery problems towards the end of the year are likely to have crimped shipments.   Asia remained PDVSA's top market last year as Venezuela has sought to diversify away from North America, though shipments to Asia clocked a roughly 8.3 percent drop to 953,000 bpd.   Exports to North America fell about 4.8 percent to 837,000 bpd and those to Latin America dropped 8.5 percent to 418,000. European deliveries increased 11.9 percent to 132,000.   Exports to regional allies under favorable terms dropped last year, part of a trend of Venezuela cutting back on such deliveries amid a severe economic crisis at home.   Around 77,000 barrels per day were sent to key ally Cuba, the report said. It did not provide comparative data, but the figure suggests shipments to the Caribbean island have dropped significantly.   Likewise, exports under regional cooperation agreements such as Petrocaribe fell to 101,000 bpd last year from around 122,000 in 2013.  


Adani Ports profit up 16%

Adani & SEZ

  Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone Limited (“APSEZ”), India’s largest port developer and part of Adani Group, today announced a 16 per cent increase in its consolidated net profit to Rs. 667 crore for the second quarter on increased income from operations. “Consolidated PAT for Q2FY16 increased by 16 per cent to Rs. 667 crores as against Rs. 574 crores in Q2 FY15,” APSEZ spokesman said. It had reported net profit of Rs. 573


Romanian Yard To Cut Losses Ahead Of Sell-off

State-run Romanian Black Sea shipyard Santierul Naval Constanta expects to cut losses this year and to upgrade facilities to make it more attractive ahead of its sell-off, an official said. "Declining traffic in the Constanta Port last year, mainly due to the Yugoslav conflict, has affected our 1999 results," Dan Mocanu, head of the shipyard's privatization department, said. He said the shipyard had losses of $21.9 million last year, but revived port activity was expected to trim these to $7


Asry Expects Operating Income to Hit $135m

Arab Shipbuilding and Repair Yard Company (Asry) said that it expected net operating income to reach about $135 million by the end of this year, compared to $111 million last year. The board praised the notable improvement in sales and net profit after depreciation till the end of October, which is estimated at $11.5 million, an 88 percent increase over the net profit for the same period last year of $6.1 million.


Gulf Island Earnings Steady

Houma, La.-based Gulf Island Fabrication reported steady earnings and higher revenue recently. The company’s net income during the quarter that ended Sept. 30 was $10m, the same amount it earned for the period one year ago. On a diluted per share basis, Gulf Island earned 70 cents in the recent quarter, compared with 72 cents last year. However, Gulf Island reported revenue for the recent quarter was $124.9m, up from $89.7m last year.


Global Marine Reports Profit Slump

Offshore oil driller Global Marine Inc. announced that first quarter earnings fell sharply compared with the same period of 1999, but showed signs of stabilization after a steady decline in earnings since mid-1998. After a restructuring charge, net income fell to $12.6 million from $36.8 million in the first quarter of 1999. Its earnings were more or less steady with the final quarter of last year. Revenues totaled $204 million compared to $228 million in the comparable period last year


NNS Earnings Per Share Up 26 %

Newport News Shipbuilding reported net earnings of $20 million, or $.58 per diluted share for the third quarter of 1999. Earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) for the quarter were $47 million, up 9 percent from EBIT of $43 million in the same period last year. NNS posted third quarter revenues of $451 million versus $462 million in the third quarter last year.


NOL Shares Down 6.8 Percent

Shares of Neptune Orient Lines Ltd (NOL) slumped as much as 6.8 percent on Monday morning after it said it expects to book a profit for the full year but that the results would be much lower than the previous year. The world's sixth largest container ship operator fell to a 17-month low of S$1.08 before crawling back to S$1.11, down $0.05 in moderate trade of more than two million shares. The Singapore Exchange had suspended the stock after its president and CEO Flemming Jacobs warned of


China Shipbuilding Profit Jumps

According to a report from Ebeling Heffernan, China Shipbuilding Industry Co. (CSIC), the country’s northern shipbuilding giant, said its net profit last year rose 7.28% to about $246b. Due to a recovery in the Global shipbuilding market and a rise in orders, shipbuilding business has increased business 38.17% from the same period last year, it said.   (SourceL Ebeling Heffernan)


Retail Imports Expected to Drop in February

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Import volume at the nation’s major retail container ports is expected to drop 8.4 percent in February from the same time last year as the shipping cycle reaches its slowest month of the year, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released today by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates. “Ports and distribution centers are getting the break they deserve after the busy holiday season, but it won’t last long


Massive Layoff Ahead for Hyundai Heavy

Photo: Hyundai Heavy Industries Co., Ltd. (HHI)

 Another massive reduction in the Korean shipbuilding workforce may come as most shipyards are still struggling with falling orders and mounting losses, reports Yonhap quoting industry sources.   Hyundai Heavy Industries plans for large layoffs amid a prolonged recession in the global


Egypt to receive first LNG shipment from Rosneft in May

Egypt will receive the first of five agreed shipments of liquefied natural gas (LNG) from Russia's Rosneft this month, an official at the state gas board EGAS told Reuters on Thursday. Last year Egypt and Rosneft signed a memorandum of understanding for a slew of petroleum products as well as


Offshore Casualty: Harkand Group Collapses

The versatile Harkand Go Electra is a DP2 multi-purpose ROV, survey and air diving vessel and has recently completed its first campaign in the Caribbean. (Photo: Harkand)

As the prolonged slump in energy prices continues to drag on a number of oil and gas and maritime players, word has it that Harkand Group has succumbed, according to staff reports and a report on www.bbc.com. The company was a high-flyer building an enviable fleet of advanced tonnage


Vietnam Asks Japan for Vessels to Strengthen Coastguard

Vietnam has asked Japan to provide vessels to strengthen its coastguard, a Japanese official said on Thursday, in the latest sign of growing ties among the states locked in maritime rows with China.   The request emerged during talks between visiting Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida


Cruise Ship Sails from US tor Cuba for First Time in 50 Years

Adonia. Photo: Carnival Corporation

A cruise ship is sailing to Cuba from the U.S. for the first time in more than 50 years. The Bermuda-flagged Adonia sailed from the port of Miami carrying some 700 passengers on Sunday.    Cruise firm Carnival's  Adonia left Miami bound for Havana and will also visit the ports of


Pirates Switch to Kidnapping Crew as Oil Fetches Less

Pirate gangs in West Africa are switching to kidnapping sailors and demanding ransom rather than stealing oil cargoes as low oil prices have made crude harder to sell and less profitable, shipping officials said on Tuesday.   Attacks in the Gulf of Guinea - a significant source of oil


UN to Start Inspecting Commercial Shipments to Yemen

The United Nations will start inspecting shipments to rebel-held ports in Yemen in a bid to boost commercial imports and enforce an arms embargo, the world body said on Tuesday, some eight months after announcing it would establish such a procedure.  


Singapore Scheme to Tackle Lack of Marine Engineers

Image: Singapore Maritime Officers’ Union

 Singapore has launched an initiative to attract more locals to take up a career as a marine engineer. The joint venture between unions, government and industry aims to address an acute shortage.   A new S$1.2 million Tripartite Engineering Training Award (TETA) Programme was launched


Adani Ports Profit Up

Vizag Terminal. Photo: Adani Group

 Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone Limited (APSEZ), India’s largest port developer and part of Adani Group, has announced the financial results for the fourth quarter and year ended March 31, 2016.    Consolidated cargo across all ports handled by the company was 152 MMT


Chinese Seaborne Coal Imports Under Pressure

Graph: Clarksons Research

 Chinese coal imports decreased significantly in 2014-15, and so far in 2016 the pace of decline appears to have slowed, with imports even recording positive y-o-y growth in March, says Clarksons Research.   The recent improvement has partly been supported by a reduction in domestic


Container Market - Between a Rock and a Hard Place

Containership ownership by size range, active and on order, April 2016 (‘000 teu). Graph by Drewry Maritime Research

 The pain of the current container market downturn extends beyond carriers, says Drewry's Container Insight Weekly.    Some independent ship-owners are faced with either lowering charter rates to help save ailing carriers or risking their assets going idle.  


Maersk Profit Plunges

Photo: Maersk Line

 Danish shipping and offshore energy conglomerate Maersk Group reported its profit at US$ 224 million for the first quarter of 2016, a drop of 86 percent compared to $ 1.6 billion seen in the same period a year earlier.   Hit by low oil prices and freight rates


Maersk Mulls Acquisitions after Surprising Profit

File Image: a Maersk containership alongside (Maersk)

Fragmented sector chasing alliances to cut costs; Maersk has plenty of cash for deals - CEO. A.P. Moller-Maersk returned to profit at its main container shipping business in the first quarter, putting the cash rich company in a strong position as the struggling industry consolidates.


China's CNOOC Expands Fujian LNG Terminal

CNOOCs LNG imports. Photo:Xinhua

 China's biggest liquefied natural gas (LNG) importer CNOOC has started building two storage tanks at a receiving terminal in Fujian province for the super-chilled fuel, the official Xinhua news agency reported.   The new tanks are part of a plan to increase the receiving capacity at


Daewoo Shipyard Posts Q1 Operating Loss

Photo: Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co

 South Korean shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co. posted a first-quarter loss after incurring more costs to finish some offshore projects.   First-quarter operating loss came to 26.3 billion won ($22.8 million) , sharply narrowing from an operating loss of 1






 
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